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1941North America • USA 
Unidentified photographer/creator
USS Shaw (DD-373) exploding during the Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor 
1941, 7 December
Pearl Harbor (7 December 1941) [Read about]
1943Europe • PolandUprising in the Warsaw Ghetto [Read about]
1944Europe • France 
Robert Capa
D-Day, Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944 
1944, 6 June
Allied invasion of Normandy (D-Day) [Read about]
1945GlobalThe United Nations Charter is ratified.
1945Asia • Japan 
New York Times Staff Photographer
Gen. McArthur Signing the Surrender Document on Board the USS Missouri, Tokyo 
General McArthur accepted the surrender of the Empire of Japan on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. (2 September 1945) [Read about]
1947Asia • India / PakistanIndia gains its independence from Britain and Pakistan is created. The ethnic and religious divisions within the new countries result in mass migrations and terrible bloodshed.
1948North America • USAThe Marshall Plan is passed by the U.S. Congress to rebuild a war devastated Europe.
1948Middle EastState of Israel formed
1949Asia • ChinaCommunist People's Republic established (China)
1951North America • USAThe nuclear spies Julius (19181953) and Ethel (19151953) Rosenberg are executed.
1954Asia • French IndochinaFrench forces are defeated at the Battle of Dien Bien Phu and this marks the end of French Indochina
1956Middle EastThe Suez Crisis

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